New legislation has been introduced to reverse recent rule changes that limit the protections afforded to imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act. On November 19, AWI, in conjunction with other groups, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight the urgency of passing the PAW and FIN Conservation Act (HR 4348/S 2491). The briefing featured remarks from Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), one of the bill’s sponsors, as well as a panel discussion from a diverse set of speakers. The panel, which included a tribal leader, a filmmaker, a beekeeper, a wildlife photographer, and a spokesman for the company Patagonia, discussed the catastrophic effects of the mass extinction crisis on not only wildlife but also human well-being.
What You Can Do
Visit AWI’s Compassion Index website at www.awionline.org/compassion-index to urge your US representative and senators to support the PAW and FIN Conservation Act and the bills described on the previous page. You can also contact them by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 or writing to them at Honorable [insert name], US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515; or Honorable [insert name], US Senate, Washington, DC 20510.